Silence Is Easy

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  • Summary: The sophomore effort for the English quartet includes two tracks produced by the legendary (and allegedly homicidal) Phil Spector, with the remainder handled by John Leckie and Danton Suppie.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. [Starsailor] sounds more confident than ever.
  2. 76
    If all goes well, people will forego the bad songs and concentrate on the really good ones, and Starsailor will get the message to go subtle and tight. [#8, p.102]
  3. There's little to object to on Silence Is Easy, but just as little to distinguish Starsailor's second effort from the many sound-alike albums sure to follow this year.
  4. Defiantly sappy, Silence Is Easy survives mostly on Walsh's oddly graceful singing. Unfortunately, the music on the whole is prosaic, even boring at times.
  5. James Walsh does have a beautiful voice, but unfortunately, it's not enough to illuminate Starsailor from the shadow of British bands like Travis and Coldplay. [Feb 2004, p.90]
  6. 40
    Falls into an identikit pattern of string-laden sentiment. [Oct 2003, p.120]
  7. This is a pompous, blandly histrionic album, faintly monumental in its drabness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. JaneR
    Nov 28, 2003
    10
    'Born again' lifted me from my not-another-weekday/career-crisis blues when it graced my shower radio with its presence- thankyou 'Born again' lifted me from my not-another-weekday/career-crisis blues when it graced my shower radio with its presence- thankyou starsailor-there is hope! Expand
  2. stefanoss
    Sep 27, 2003
    10
    The best
  3. Well
    Oct 13, 2003
    10
    This is my favorite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. stk
    Oct 25, 2003
    7
    expected more...still love them...
  5. May 10, 2013
    7
    It's unfortunate that Starsailor worked with Phil Spector to release a commercial album for American audiences. Instead of the minimalistIt's unfortunate that Starsailor worked with Phil Spector to release a commercial album for American audiences. Instead of the minimalist instrumentation present on the first release the structure of songs is more complex and the sound is grander and epic (particularly on Four to the Floor). Sadly the album falls flat on its face and the songs are generally quite boring despite the production of previously brilliant producers. Upon repeated listens however the album seems to improve, but its still a weak release from a great band. Expand
  6. JonB
    Mar 2, 2004
    4
    fairly boring, fairly one-paced, fairly uninvolving, buy the song silence is easy on single or download but don't bother with the whole album..
  7. IanW
    Oct 4, 2003
    1
    A most forgettable CD, bought on the strengh of Silence is easy, the resto fthe album could have been improved by being that, silent.

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